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April 22: Weekly Roundup of COVID-19 Coverage from CHIBE Faculty

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COVID-19Find selected coronavirus coverage from CHIBE-affiliated faculty members here:

Human Resource Executive: Number of the day: Coronavirus stress (Sally Welborn)

Forbes: How College Campus Closings Are Affecting Graduating Seniors (George Loewenstein)

KLFY: LSU and K Health team up to provide Louisiana residents free access to doctors (Rebekah Gee)

Daily Signal: Problematic Women: Saving Lives and Livelihoods of Equal Importance in COVID-19 Fight (Gail Wilensky)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus is separating dying patients from their families. Now, healthy people are making sure end-of-life wishes are known (Scott Halpern)

People: Worried About Your Kids During Quarantine? Don’t Worry, Says an Expert: ‘Most Won’t Remember It’ (Adam Grant)

USA Today: Can I still go for a walk, run under stay at home orders? Should I wear a mask? (Carolyn Cannuscio)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: The coronavirus pandemic is playing out behind hospital walls. On social media, these doctors and nurses give a peek into the front lines (Kit Delgado)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: What happened to all the toilet paper, according to professors of psychology and supply chains (Deborah Small)

People: Doctors Concerned About Lung Damage to Coronavirus Patients from Long-Term Ventilator Use (Scott Halpern)

Seattle Times: How to help others during a pandemic when they’re too embarrassed to ask (George Loewenstein)

The Washington Post: Coronavirus killed a mother and her three sons, devastating their surviving relatives (Rebekah Gee)

Medium: Novel, Real-Time Data for Getting Ahead of COVID-19 and Safely Easing Physical Distancing Policies (Kit Delgado and Alison Buttenheim)

The Philadelphia Tribune: Contact tracing for COVID-19 starts on a small scale in Philly (Carolyn Cannuscio)

The Atlantic: Business and Science Are Pointing in the Same Direction (Kevin Volpp, David Asch, and Ralph Muller)

The Conversation: Hand-washing and distancing don’t have tangible benefits – so keeping up these protective behaviors for months will be tricky (Gretchen Chapman and George Loewenstein)

Sharon Herald: Gov. sets target date of May 8 (Alison Buttenheim)

Pittsburgh Action News: Some Democratic PA lawmakers rebuke calls for a ‘rush to reopen’ in the face of COVID-19 pandemic (Alison Buttenheim)

Washington Post: As protesters swarm state capitols, much of the coronavirus backlash is coming from within (Alison Buttenheim)

TribLive: Protesters in Pittsburgh demand Gov. Wolf to reopen businesses amid coronavirus pandemic (Alison Buttenheim)

April 15: Weekly Roundup of COVID-19 Coverage from CHIBE Faculty

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COVID-19Find selected coronavirus coverage from CHIBE-affiliated faculty members here:

Wharton: Kevin Volpp on Wharton Business Daily (Kevin Volpp)

Penn Today: Rapid response to COVID-19 puts the power of innovation to the test (Carolyn Cannuscio)

The Philadelphia Tribune: Memes, flip phones, compassion: How Philly is fighting coronavirus’ inequitable spread (Carolyn Cannuscio)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: The coronavirus pandemic is playing out behind hospital walls. On social media, these doctors and nurses give a peek into the front lines (Kit Delgado)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Tips to help parents cope during school closures (Rinad Beidas)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Why are so many black Americans dying of COVID-19? (Carmen Guerra and Karen Glanz)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Do I need to wash my shoes when I come inside? (Carolyn Cannuscio)

ITWire: COVID-19: Google Cloud launches virtual agent support program (Kevin Volpp)

KNX 1070 Radio: Life and death decisions may be forced upon doctors in COVID-19 pandemic (Scott Halpern)

Today: There’s No Wrong Way to Feel (Rinad Beidas)

Fortune: The Coronavirus Economy: How I have been involved in the US response as an epidemiologist (Carolyn Cannuscio)

The New York Times: The Way We Ration Ventilators Is Biased (Harald Schmidt)

Connecticut Public Radio: When Will It Be Safe To Go Back In The Water? (Alison Buttenheim)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus threat spurs movement of cancer care into homes (Justin Bekelman)

The New York Times: Will 2020 Be the Year That Medicine Was Saved? (Amol Navathe)

USA Today: Dr. Fauci says immunity certificates ‘possible’ after coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what that means (Harald Schmidt)

Newsweek: First-Come, First-Served Healthcare No Longer Applies. We Must Now Allocate Care To Those Who Will Benefit The Most (Scott Halpern)


MIT: Research Proves It: Naps Save You Money

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“In their paper “The Economic Consequences of Increasing Sleep Among the Urban Poor,” Pedro Bessone and Frank Schilbach found that after more than three weeks of daily 30-minute naps, employees at a data-entry job were 2.3% more productive and invested more of their money into savings accounts.”

“These findings serve as a proof of concept that sleep can affect important economic outcomes relatively quickly,” the [Bessone and Schilbach Write] write.”

Heather Schofield of the University of Pennsylvania contributed to the findings published in the Bessone and Schilbach paper.

Read the entire MIT Sloan School of Management article here.

401KTV: Smart Digital Design Can Enhance Participant Outcomes

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Saurabh Bhargava contributed to a multi-person research study that examined the digital participation rate of retirement plans.

“Researchers found that, personalized enrollment rose by 15% — a nine percentage point increase from the baseline of 60%. The shift to personalized enrollment also increased savings rates; employees who personalize enrollment tend to contribute at a rate (7.8%) that’s twice as high as those who are automatically enrolled (3.4%).”

Read more about the research performed in this 401ktv article.


GRIST: No News Or Bad News? Many People Choose Ignorance Over Staying Informed, Study Finds

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“Would you rather hear bad news that could help you in the long run, or remain blissfully ignorant?”

“That’s the question that researchers recently posed to thousands of people in over a dozen variations — including asking whether they’d want to know how badly climate change could impact their zip code. Other topics included personal health, finances, and how others perceive you. The researchers found that for every subject, there was a substantial chunk of people who preferred to not learn unpleasant information, even when they knew the information could help them over time.”

Regarding climate change, Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University George Lowenstein stated, “One of the reasons that nothing is being done about climate change is that it’s too painful to think about.”

Read more in this Grist article.


MedPageToday: ‘Frailty Index’ Would Ensure Fairer Medicare Pay for Docs

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Gail Wilensky, PhD, administrator of CMS during the George H.W. Bush administration, said that although fraud is always a concern in Medicare, it’s no excuse for not trying to fix the problem of potentially underpaying doctors who care for frail patients. Adding in a frailty index “should be considered, with some serious thought about how to mitigate against the fraud concern,” Wilensky, now a senior fellow at Project HOPE in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a phone interview.

“Errors in both directions are a concern,” she added. “You worry about people being underpaid partly on an equity basis, but more on whether or not they’ll be discouraged from accepting Medicare patients…. What you want is to get the payment right while you try to save money. Underpaying can lead to undesirable consequences, just like overpaying can.”

Read more in this MedPage Today article.

Carnegie Mellon: The Desire For Information: Blissful Ignorance Or Painful Truth?

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“We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. And in this era of sheltering-in-place around the nation and the globe, the desire for news may be higher than ever — at least for some people. But do we really want all this information, all the time?”

“Economists have long thought ‘the more, the better’, when it comes to information,” said George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon. “This thinking doesn’t fully reflect people’s complex relationship with information. We wanted to create a way to measure an individual’s tendency to pursue or shy away from information.”

Read more in this Carnegie Mellon News article.

The Wall Street Journal: The Panic of 2020? Oh, I Made a Ton of Money—and So Did You

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So that pundit predicting doom on financial television right now will get to say “I told you so” if the economy collapses. But if things improve, he—and his audience—will end up remembering his forecast as sunnier than it was.

“We’re biased to see ourselves in a positive light,” says Deborah Small, a psychologist at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. “We want to believe that we’re rational and smart. We’ll recall our past actions as more sensible than they were. We also give ourselves too much credit and don’t remember our mistakes as well as we do our successes.”

Sure enough, investors looking back on their own decisions often recall more gains and fewer losses than they racked up in reality.

Read more on The Wall Street Journal

WHYY: In Anxious Times, Stocking Up on Stuff Is Just a Natural Human Response

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This need to stock up — resulting in exhausted inventories known as stockouts — can be annoying, even scary in their own right. But it’s a pretty natural response, said Deborah Small, a professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Anxiety, panic, fear are functional. We have them for a reason — as human beings, they motivate protective action,” Small said.

If something appears to be in short supply, people fall into a vicious cycle. As Small described it, “the initial panic, desire for control, and then panic not about the original issue, but panic that everybody is else is going to buy everything.”

Especially when we’re faced with a virus too small to see and the thought of contagion all around, buying things can make us feel in control, she said. Staying home and washing our hands doesn’t offer tangible rewards in the same way that buying a 24 pack of Lysol wipes does.

Other activities, like cooking, can help. But shopping, “having stuff — stuff makes you feel in control,” Small said. “Knowing that, that [it] won’t be uncertain, you’re not going to run out of toilet paper this week.”

But especially with things like hand sanitizer, it’s best to try not to panic: “I’m not the first to point out if you have all of it, and other people can’t get it, then they’re going to be more likely to spread something to you if they don’t have access. The best outcome for all is if everybody has access,” Small said.

Read more on WHYY.